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Adelboden is an attractive destination all year round, but if you’re going for the ski scene, visit between December and March. Some slopes may be still closed in early December, but if you want to avoid the ski-season crowds, it’s the ideal time to visit. The summer months of June, July and August tend to be warm, bright and rainy.
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PlanesYou can reach Adelboden from all of Switzerland’s major airports – Geneva | Zurich | Bern and Basel – within one to three hours (Bern’s the closest). Unless you hire a car or arrange transfers | you’ll be looking at a one-to-three hour train journey to Frutigen and then a bus trip through the mountain pass to the town.
TrainsThe nearest station to Adelboden is half an hour away in the town of Frutigen – it’s on a direct line to Spiez, but the efficiency of Swiss public transport means that making rail connections to anywhere else in the country is a breeze. There’s a regular bus to Adelboden that meets all incoming trains.
AutomobilesThere’s no car rental service in Adelboden itself, but major outlets such as Avis have branches at the four airports, and the roads around the region are fast, safe and efficient – Swiss motorway tax will be included in the hire price. The town itself is readily traversed on foot, although you may find a car useful if you intend to explore further afield.
TaxisTaxi Bergmann (+41 (0)33 673 2848) is Adelboden’s only operator. Alternatively, book a horse-drawn carriage with Ruth and Robert Dänzer (+41 (0)33 673 28 37).